How refreshing it is to bring you good news, and on multiple fronts! This month has been particularly phenomenal for predator conservation. Akagera’s lion population has doubled since their reintroduction exactly a year ago, with clear signs of more cubs to come, and this in turn is having a positive impact on tourism numbers. Plans are well underway for the rhino reintroductions into Akagera which we expect to yield an even greater increase in visitation. Ongoing preparations for the mass game and elephant translocations in Malawi are in full swing, with roads graded, bridges constructed, and fences being built, all with the goal of restoring Nkhotakota and its biological and economic value for Malawi. Chinko, which has been challenged by the large numbers of cattle and their herders in search of grazing, has had some remarkable successes. A core area of 3,000km² has been kept free of cattle with the result that key species are beginning to bounce back. A single herd of 200 Lord Derby Eland was seen and sightings of roan, hartebeest and buffalo are becoming more frequent.
This month has brimmed with positive trends and results from the parks under our management and the stage is set for some very significant interventions in the coming months. No doubt this will come with some challenges and set-backs but the overall positive feeling of the team is palpable. On behalf of everyone at African Parks, thank you for your support, and commitment to Africa’s wildlife and her people.
With best wishes,